Eucalyptus is an antiseptic stimulant that can kill the influenza virus. It is an anti-bacterial expectorant and also reduces blood sugar levels. Eucalyptus is used in the treatment of colds and flu, respiratory infections, sinus infections, coughs, laryngitis, sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, fevers, burns, cold sores, gout, abscesses, ringworm, and fungus infections. Eucalyptus is known to expel worms from the digestive tract, it makes a good poultice for wounds, and it makes a good compress for painful joints.
Eucalyptus leaf tea is extremely useful for removing phlegm and mucus from the lungs. It helps loosen congestion and soothes the whole respiratory system.
Eucalyptus essential oil is often used in cough drops, nasal inhalers, and sprays. Sniffing a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil applied to a handkerchief can relieve a stuffy nose. The oil may also be used in a hot bath or steam tent. Add a few drops to hot water, make a tent with a towel, and breathe the soothing aroma until water cools.
Eucalyptus can be made into a gargle for sore throats or made into a chest-rub for coughs. Mix up a liniment for use in the treatment of arthritis, painful joints, and sore muscles by combining ten drops of eucalyptus essential oil, ten drops of rosemary essential oil, and a quarter cup of almond oil. Use as needed to relieve pain.
Eucalyptus makes a good ointment for the skin. Use on chapped hands, dandruff, sore feet, and acne.
Eucalyptus can also be used as an insect repellent. Apply strong eucalyptus tea to all exposed body parts except the face. To make a longer lasting insect repellant spray, combine 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil, 1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil, 1 teaspoon patchouli essential oil, 1 pint of vodka, 1 pint of water, and a quarter cup of almond oil. This spray also works on pets to help repel fleas.
Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia. They are quick growers and some species may reach 480 feet. The leaves are leathery in texture and are studded with glands containing fragrant oil. Eucalyptus trees thrive in most situations, but will not tolerate a temperature of less than 27 degrees F. In cold climates they are generally grown as greenhouse plants. Eucalyptus trees have an extensive root system that absorbs vast amounts of water. Eucalyptus trees are sometimes planted in marshy, malaria infested areas to dry up and purify the soil and air.
*Always dilute eucalyptus essential oil before using on skin. Do not drink eucalyptus tea if you have inflammatory disease of the bile ducts or severe liver disease. Do not use eucalyptus essential oil for more than two weeks. Excess use can cause headaches, convulsions, and delirium. Do not apply the essential oil to the face or near the eyes. People suffering from epilepsy and high blood pressure should avoid using eucalyptus essential oil. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy.
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